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Interview: Joan Hu – Overseas Southeast Asia Director, Roborock

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Joan Hu, Overseas Southeast Asia Director at Roborock, shares her insights into Roborock’s success and decision to expand into Southeast Asia.

Joan Hu is the Overseas Southeast Asia Director at Roborock.

Joan Hu is the Overseas Southeast Asia Director at Roborock.

To get an idea of Roborock’s journey thus far and its plans for the future, I asked Joan Hu six questions.

Q1. Roborock recorded a strong growth in China since its introduction. What do you think contributed to this?

In the robot vacuum market back in 2014, most available products only focused on the basic needs that came with a vacuum – cleaning.

We saw an opportunity to fulfill needs and wants that consumers didn’t know they had yet.

Hence, we grew our R&D department with a team of engineers, scientists, manufacturing experts and designers – all vital to create products that truly fit our users’ lifestyle.

Q2. Any new vacuum launches this year?

We have just launched the Roborock S6 MaxV in early 2020.

This is an upgrade of our popular Roborock S6, with increased suction power of up to 2,500 Pa (compared to the previous 2000 Pa) to clean even the most stubborn of dusts, especially those on carpets.

It also comes with an electronic water tank instead of a mop attachment for increased convenience and weighs lighter at just 7 lbs.

The latest S6 MaxV that Roborock launched in early 2020.

The latest S6 MaxV that Roborock launched in early 2020.

Q3. 2020 isn’t the most economically stable year. What factors contributed to Roborock’s decision to expand its influence to SouthEast Asia?

While we admit it has been a challenging year across all markets, we see this as a great opportunity to introduce our high tech products to our Southeast Asian consumers.

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Event: Lenovo Showcases Technology at 1st eXperiential Day in Singapore

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Lenovo launched its world’s first foldable PC for Singapore over a two-day hybrid event at the Hybrid Broadcast Studio in Marina Bay Sands Level 5.

First Lenovo eXperiential Day in Singapore.

First Lenovo eXperiential Day in Singapore.

Lenovo, the world’s #1 PC company showcased its latest lineup of consumer laptops in Singapore during the eXperiential Day.

“We are committed to ensuring that every Lenovo user is empowered to achieving more in a life of smarter living. Whether it transforms the way people use technology or a faster way of getting things done so they can focus on what truly matters – these latest consumer laptops are a testament to Lenovo’s mission to continuously break innovation boundaries and deliver smarter technology for all,” said Ronnie Lee, General Manager of Lenovo Singapore.

These include the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, Yoga Slim 7i Pro, Yoga 9i (Leather and Metal), and Legion Slim 7i.

The highlight was the official launch of the ThinkPad X1 Fold for Singapore.

Lenovo’s first eXperiential Day in Singapore enabled business leaders and media representatives to reacquaint themselves with Lenovo’s executives while immersing in the company’s innovative offerings.

Going beyond an experiential product showcase, guests were treated to thoughtful roundtables with opinion makers and experts who addressed questions ranging from the future of education to the future of foldable computing.

New Arrival: Three New ASUS ZenBooks in Singapore Built for Brilliance

Friday, November 20th, 2020

ASUS has just launched in Singapore three new ZenBooks with 11th Generation Intel Core processors – ZenBook Flip S, ZenBook 14 Screenpad, ZenBook 14 Ultralight. Price & Availability below.

Emma Ou, ASUS Singapore Country Manager, at Built for Brilliance online launch event.

Emma Ou, ASUS Singapore Country Manager, at Built for Brilliance online launch event.

The new ZenBook series notebooks were launched at a virtual online event called “Built for Brilliance”.

  1. ASUS ZenBook Flip S (UX371)
    S$2,498 (today)
  2. ASUS ZenBook 14 ScreenPad (UX435)
    S$2,198 (11 Dec 2020)
  3. ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultralight (UX435EGL)
    S$2,398 (4 Dec 2020)

ASUS boasts that the ZenBook Flip S is the world’s thinnest OLED convertible laptop and the first ASUS laptop to be verified on the Intel Evo platform for laptop design.

The ZenBook 14 ScreenPad is ASUS’s smallest 14-inch laptop with ScreenPad while the ZenBook 14 Ultralight is the lightest 14-inch ZenBook yet – weighing only 990 g.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Trek iSSD 4-in-1 Portable Wireless Storage Server cum Power Bank

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Once in a while, you come across a device that does it all – and does it well. When it comes to a mobile storage companion, Trek iSSD ticks the check boxes of all the functionalities that I’ve always wanted in a single device.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

In the box: Trek iSSD, USB Type-C data cable, user manual, microSD card adaptor, pouch.

Three of biggest problems holding back a mobile worker on the move are: storage space, battery power and the ability to share.

With the limited storage space on notebooks, tablets and mobile phones, workers on the move quickly run out of storage space on their mobile devices, especially if their work require huge media files that they have to present at meetings and discuss with their clients.

 

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The Trek iSSD measures 120 x 75 x 15mm and weighs 230g. It has an aluminum alloy frame with glass cover.

At home, the easy solution is to buy a desktop hard disk drive (HDD) with a huge capacity eg. 6-12TB – but it is not something you can bring on the road.

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OPPO Unveils Three Concept Gadgets at INNO DAY 2020

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

OPPO unveiled the OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset, OPPO AR Glass 2021, and OPPO CybeReal AR application, as the company rolled out its 3+N+X technology development strategy.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

OPPO says that the three concept products demonstrate all-new possibilities of human-tech interaction and exploration of future technology.

  1. OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset
  2. OPPO AR Glass 2021
  3. OPPO CybeReal AR application

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset features a flexible display and structural stacking, offering users a more natural interactive experience.

The concept handset features OPPO’s three proprietary technologies.

  • Roll Motor powertrain
  • 2-in-1 Plate
  • Self-developed Warp Track high-strength screen laminate

The OLED display can vary from 6.7 inches to 7.4 inches, allowing users to adjust the size of the display based on actual needs.

OPPO AR Glass 2021 adopts a new split design, which is compact and ultra-light; making it nearly 75% lighter than its predecessor.

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New Arrival: Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Earbuds

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

The Jabra Elite 85t (S$348) enables users to control how much noise to cancel and block.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

The Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds.

With five levels of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and five levels of Hear Through, the user can select up to 11 levels of noise filtration – with about 3dB difference between each level.

A dedicated ANC chip drives the noise cancellation for the Jabra Elite 85t, supported by six microphones and wind protection for clear audio and voice call quality in any environment the user may be in.

The new semi-open design for the earbuds offers better comfort while keeping the fit secure.

The Elite 85t provides up to 5.5 hours of battery life with up to 25 hours in compact charging case – with ANC on.

More details below about the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds, from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Mi 10T & Mi10T Pro Launched in Singapore

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphones are in Singapore – the Mi 10T (S$649: 8GB + 128GB) and Mi 10T Pro (S$749: 8GB + 256GB). Prices and introductory promotions below.

The latest Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro flagships phones from Xiaomi have been launched in Singapore.

The latest Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro flagships phones from Xiaomi have been launched in Singapore.

The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro from Xiaomi offers impressive cameras, AdaptiveSync display, powerful processors and long-lasting battery.

Purchases are covered with 24-month warranty and 6-month Screen Protection Guarantee.

The two Android phones were first unveiled earlier at the end of September this year.

Both devices will be available for purchase starting from this Saturday, 14 November 2020.

The phones can be purchased,at Authorized Mi Stores, Xiaomi’s official telecommunications partners including M1, Singtel and StarHub, as well as official online channels such as Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10.

Gifts come in limited units and are on a first-come-first-served basis only. Standard terms and conditions apply. Click to enlarge.

Gifts come in limited units and are on a first-come-first-served basis only. Standard terms and conditions apply. Click to enlarge.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker has also been unveiled – priced at S$79.90, it will be available in Singapore at a later date.

The Xiaomi Mi Watch will also be available in Singapore at a later date, with pricing to be announced later.

 

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Nicholas Shi, General Manager of Singapore and Malaysia, Xiaomi, launched the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T in the Grand Ballroom of JW Marriott Hotel at South Beach in Singapore.

More details below about the Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro, from the press release.

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New Arrival: Apple Introduces 3 New Macs Based on M1 Chip

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Apple has launched a new MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini – powered by its latest in-house developed M1 chip. Price & Availability below.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

Apple says that with M1, things users do every day on the Mac feel noticeably faster and smoother.

The new M1 SoC (Systen on a Chip) is the first in a family of chips designed by Apple specifically for the Mac.

With M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps for Mac.

All the new Macs come with Big Sur, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

Big Sur is engineered, down to its core, to take full advantage of all the capability and power of M1, delivering a boost in performance, battery life, and stronger security protections.

The new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 are available to order today on apple.com/sg and in the Apple Store app.

They will begin arriving to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers starting next week.

More details below about the three new M1-based Apple Macs from the press release.

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Apple Unleashes M1 System on a Chip (SoC) for the Mac

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

The M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac, offering powerful performance, features and efficiency.

With its profound increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

With its increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.

The M1 is the most powerful chip Apple has ever created and is the first chip designed specifically for the Mac.

M1 is optimised for Mac systems in which small size and power efficiency are critically important.

As a system on a chip (SoC), M1 combines numerous powerful technologies into a single chip, and features a unified memory architecture for dramatically improved performance and efficiency.

M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip.

According to Apple the M1 features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine.

As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs.

More details below about the M1 chip from the press release.

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New Arrival: Livinguard Masks Against COVID-19 SARS-COV-2 Virus

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Livinguard has brought its reusable face masks in Singapore. Three versions for different levels of protection (and breathability) are available online at Shopee, Lazada and ORO. Prices below.

 

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Here are the Street (2 layers) and Pro (3 layers) of the Livinguard masks.

I tried out the Street and Pro versions and liked them.

It feels light, fitting and doesn’t clog up the nostrils when you breathe.

There are three versions for different levels of protection and breathability, in 4 colours and 3 sizes.

Each mask can be rinsed once a week for up to 30 times – so that works out to 210 days of usage.

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